Innovation at the Edge: Build your very own #microgrid

Grist’s David Roberts wrote earlier this year in What’s Threatening Utilities: Innovation at the Edge of the Grid: “utilities shouldn’t be opposing or hampering this stuff. They should be enabling it.”

Your local electric utilities are highly regulated, and are not incented to be ever-more efficient, sell you cleaner power or use energy storage.

Combined with the fact that the utility grid itself is highly complex, future change in solar energy could well lead to one of the greatest, and most painful, sector disruptions in modern history, overshadowing the disruption that fell on the telcos with the advent of mobile and the manifestation of  distributive news and online shopping born out of the internet.